Plymouth Medical School Fourth Best in England

Plymouth University’s medical school is the fourth best in England, according to the latest Guardian league tables.

Only Oxford, Cambridge and UCL ranked higher.

Across the whole of the UK the city’s Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry degrees were rated sixth and eighth respectively.

According to the Guardian University League Table 99% of its graduates are in employment six months after graduating. It found that 95% of students are satisfied with the course at Plymouth, and 94% satisfied with the quality of teaching.

The league table identified that the dentistry degree has also performed well against established centres of dental excellence and is one of only two new dental schools in the overall UK top 10 alongside the likes of Glasgow and King’s College London.

The league table will be used by students starting in September.

It ranks Plymouth overall as the top modern university in the South West, and within the top 60 nationally.

The university improves two places to 59th from last year’s ranking – but that is a long way from 2012’s 47th position.

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry will be boosted by the results, which come after Exeter split away from the joint venture last year.

Professor Wendy Purcell, vice chancellor at Plymouth University, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the performance of our schools of medicine and dentistry has been recognised.”

“They are outstanding schools nationally, distinguished by their focus on clinical education and developing doctors and dentists for a modern NHS.”

She added: “Our mission is to nurture exceptional doctors and dentists of the future.”

“We are confident that the work we do with our medical and dental students in Plymouth will reap dividends not just for their professional futures, but also the future of patient care in the UK and further afield.”

In terms of student satisfaction, which accounts for 25 % of the total score, Plymouth’s 89% sees it rank within the top 25 nationally for teaching, and 26th for overall satisfaction at 88%.

Prof Purcell said: “This is thanks to our unique students-as-partners approach. We are committed to putting our students at the heart of every decision we make.”

Plymouth appears in more than 30 subject tables. It is seventh for sports science and tourism and 14th for architecture and art and design.

The University of St Mark and St John, which won full university status this year, is back in the table at 101st place, after slipping off the radar in 2012.

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